09-27-2014, 11:20 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-27-2014, 11:25 PM by Ghost1958.)
For what its worth Im an old hand at this afib ablation surgery trail. Had afib off and on semi controlled by meds, mostly not, for 20 years. Cardio conversion by shock is a huge majority of the time a waste of time as the Afib will come back. Ablation can take up to 13 months in some cases to actually make a major difference. And its not as safe as they would like you to believe. Research it yourself instead of taking a docs word for it as to what can happen during that procedure. Total dependency on a pacemaker is one for starters.
Had ablation surgery that was botched by having my heart punctured during the surgery but he did get a few of the spots he was tracking before the goof up. So here is what I know. Take it for what its worth.
One. A rapid pulse is rarely a sign of afib. skipping slow irregular yeah racing regular pulse no.
Two you can be in afib, actually most are, and dont know it except they suddenly feel very tired because the heart isnt pumping the enough blood. Your atriums can be running a 150 BPM and you pulse that you can feel be in a normal range. Ventricles provide your pulse not your atria.
Three- The ONLY way to know for sure you are in afib is to have a ekg while you are in afib.
By the smothering an rapid pulse it sounds more like your cpap pressure increases and you are hyperventilating.
That in no way means you shouldnt get checked for afib again by a holter monitor. But a racing regular pulse isnt anything I ever experienced with afib over a period of 20 years. Slow irregular yeah, tachy and irregular rarely. Always I suddenly felt as if I needed to take nap and was very very tired when it kicked in if my pulse was regular or not.
The cpap isnt causing it. It WILL help it or stop it. However cardiac meds bp meds CAN lead to av block afib etc over prolonged use. Add sleep apnea to that and you get AFIB. Dont ask me how I know. But trust me I do.